Tuesday, 26 Jan 2021
Omani diver Omar Abdullah al Ghailani dived to a depth of 90m in the sea to win the second place in RedCcup. Held in the Blue Hole of Dahab, Egypt, RedCcup is the biggest international freediving competition in the Middle East and North Africa.

Omani diver claims second location in MENA competitors

The competitors was held from August 27 to 30 with the participation of 53 competitors from 24 nations. “There were participants from the US, Bahrain, Egypt, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia and S Korea among others,” Ghailani mentioned.

He described the competitors as difficult as there have been skilled divers from about the globe. “The cold temperature of the water was also a challenge. Reaching the finals required immense concentration and determination.” Ghailani ready for the championship by instruction everyday – freediving for 3 hours apart from functioning out in the fitness center.

“The competition built up over three days. On the first day, I dived to a depth of 75m and 83m on the second. I managed 90m on Day 3. The first place went to a Korean diver who dived 91m.”

Describing the sport of freediving, Ghailani mentioned it is completed with out the use of any breathing apparatus. It needs instruction to hold one’s breath and diving. “Of course, you have to be courageous. I advise young Omanis who want to try this sport to be careful and learn to swim well and train under specialists,” he mentioned.

Of future plans, he mentioned, “I will participate in international competitions but I need financial support because this sport is expensive. Through my participation in these international tournaments, I want to raise the flag of Oman and promote tourism.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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